Mount Myojin Fugen Bosatsu Kanbotsuhon (Sutra mound #28）
Numerous ancient records place sutra mound #28 of Katsuragi Shugen at Kameno-o-shuku.
According to the Enkun Gyoshoki, a record of Shugendo mountains published in the late 17th century, the 28th chapter of the Lotus Sutra was buried at a place called Sotoba no Mine. Since Sotoba no Mine was considered to be today’s Mount Myojin, some people believe that Mount Myojin is sutra mound #28.
At the top of Mount Myojin today stands Mizu-jinja Shrine. Affectionately called “Myojin-san of Nishiyama” by locals, the shrine is still frequented by pilgrims coming to offer prayers.
Oji Town Tourism Association 0745-33-6668
2640 Hatakeda, Oji-cho, Kita-katsuragi-gun, Nara Prefecture
5 min. drive from Kashiba IC on Nishi-Meihan Expressway (40 min. walk to the mountaintop)
— (Parking lot open 9:00 to 19:00)
35 spaces for passenger vehicles